Geotechnical Aspects of Temporary Works


1-day course

CPD Credit: 7 hours, C1 / C2


The design and management of ground conditions at construction stage is frequently critical to the safe and cost-efficient completion of projects. This course will present the design and construction issues related to temporary access roads, crane and piling platform, temporary slopes, retaining structures, excavation, and underpinning. The design of dewatering systems and dealing with soft ground issues are also addressed.


The course is organised into six modules and two workshop sessions over the course of one day:

  • General introduction into design of temporary works, including Eurocode aspects.
  • Temporary Slopes and Excavations including workshop on this topic
  • Temporary retaining structures and underpinning
  • Temporary Access Roads
  • Temporary dewatering
  • Crane and Piling Platforms, including a workshop session on this topic

Learning Outcomes

  • An understanding of the design of temporary access roads
  • Design of temporary slopes
  • The design aspects of crane and piling platforms
  • Designing temporary works to satisfy Eurocode requirements
  • Design of temporary slopes and excavations.
  • Principles relating to the design and successful performance of a dewatering system.
  • An understanding of specific geotechnical risk related to the stability of embankments on soft ground.

Who Should Attend?

This course would be suitable for civil and geotechnical engineers, construction site-engineers and technicians working on civil, building and infrastructure projects, as well as engineering geologists and geologists interested in these topics.

Course Facilitators

Dr Eric R Farrell, BA, BAI, MS, PhD, CEng, FIEI, MICE, FGS. Senior Consultant/Director AGL Consulting

Dr Farrell has provided geotechnical advice on a wide range of major infrastructural and commercial projects for over 40 years, and has also acted as an expert witness in major conciliations, arbitrations and legal disputes. He was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering in Trinity College for 28 years, and as adjunct Associate Professor until 2013. He has advised contractors and consultants on the geotechnical aspects of many projects in Ireland and abroad and has also been heavily involved in the development of the Eurocode on Geotechnical Design.

Dr Kevin Flynn, BA, BAI, PhD, CEng, MIEI, RoGEP Specialist. Principal Geotechnical Enigneer, AGL Consulting

Dr Kevin Flynn is a Principal Geotechnical Engineer at AGL Consulting. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering from Trinity College and a PhD in Geotechnical Engineering from NUI Galway. He has extensive experience in the design of pile foundations and embedded pile retaining walls on over 100 projects in Ireland and has also authored several publications on pile behaviour, driveability and interpretation of instrumented pile tests. He is a Registered Ground Engineering Specialist and an active committee member of the Geotechnical Society of Ireland.

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Please contact the Team for further information on scheduled course dates and In-Company options. You can reach us by phone: 01 665 1305 or email